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“TiVo announced the $69.99 TiVo Stream 4K, a dongle-style streamer intended to compete with Roku’s Streaming Stick, Amazon’s Fire TV stick, and Google’s Chromecast streamers. Unlike TiVo’s traditional offerings, the TiVo Stream 4K has no DVR, and doesn’t provide access to cable or over-the-air broadcast TV, instead serving up streaming TV from Sling, and other video content from the usual suspects. Unless you’re determined to use a TiVo-designed interface, Roku’s $50 Streaming Stick+ seems like a smarter choice. But even if the company’s new dongle strikes out when it launches this April, TiVo still reigns supreme when it comes to designing DVRs and their accompanying user interfaces. In the 4th quarter of 2019, TiVo introduced a new DVR range called TiVo EDGE, consisting of one model for cable subscribers, and another designed for antenna-using cord-cutters. The TiVo EDGE for cable ($399) and TiVo EDGE for antenna ($349) both offer Dolby Atmos Sound and — for the first time — Dolby Vision HDR 4K video, along with several proprietary TiVo features that your cable company’s DVR just can’t match.
Like streamers from Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and others, the dongle will access many of the leading streaming service apps and will deliver programs in up to 4K resolution with Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos object-based audio surround sound support. On launch, the dongle will provide support for popular streaming entertainment apps including: Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, YouTube, Sling TV, and more.
Unlike the traditional TiVo DVR products, the TiVo Stream 4K will not have television tuners or a hard drive. TiVo will instead provide program recording and storage from live TV streaming service partners, like launch partner Sling TV, which will be available to subscribe to on the device at launch. But TiVo assures, these services, features and programs will be presented in more unified and convenient way than traditional dongles and set-tops from the competition.”